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February 21, 2014

Weather update: Severe thunderstorm warning extended until 11:30 a.m.

Live Oak — A severe thunderstorm warning has been extended until 11:30 a.m. for Suwannee County, according to local officials.

Scott Cordero, meteorlogist for the National Weather Center, has declared a severe thunderstorm watch for portions of Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida through 2 p.m.

According to Cordero, there is an isolated threat of strong to severe thunderstorms across the region today. The primary threat from these isolated strong to severe thunderstorms is damaging wind and brief tornado or two cannot be ruled out. Early this morning an extensive squall line extends from southwest Georgia into the central Florida Panhandle moving east at 30 to 35 mph.  

Timing and Overview:

A cold front will move into inland southeast Georgia and the Suwannee River Valley of North Florida during the morning hours, then into coastal Southeast Georgia and the remainder of Northeast Florida during the afternoon hours. The activity will push offshore into the Atlantic during the early evening hours.

 

Potential Impacts:

Very warm and moist air ahead of the front will allow widespread showers and scattered storms to develop along and ahead of the front.  A squall line is expected to accompany the cold front.  Strong winds aloft will create the potential for damaging winds with these storms. In addition, some storms may contain rotation which will enhance the chance for a brief isolated tornado. The isolated pockets of strong to severe storms may contain wind gusts that can potentially reach 45 to 65 mph.  Winds of this strength can down tree limbs, cause localized and sporadic power outages, and even produce minor property damage.

 

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